It has been quite awhile since I have updated the blog. The changes over the last 9 months have been numerous. I moved back to the US, successfully defended my PhD, bought a house with my husband and started a new job.
In December, I started an NSF postdoc at a start-up company in Philadelphia. This postdoctoral fellowship is allowing me to have experience in industry while still maintaining some ties to academia.
In the next few weeks, I will be updating the blog with new posts. I plan to focus on different aspects of industry, working at a start-up, academic and general life topics.
I look forward to sharing my personal and career journey! Please comment if you have suggestions for specific topics.
I am a little late with updating, but thought I should share this. A a goodbye gift, Kevin and I left several goodbye pranks from two roommates. I think they enjoyed it. Zip tie chairs together, mess with the screen/display cable and mess with chair settings.
Zip tie everything, especially the scissors. That way they cant actually cut them off. Block keys on the keyboard or the mouse.
Of course, put Rose tea in there papers so they smell fresh and flowerly.
On March 22nd, it had been exactly one year since I married my best friend. Of course, we planned the dinner for the 21st as the 22nd we would be doing final packing and cleaning of my apartment. Near my apartment there is a restaurant called Beau. I had always wanted to go there. There was the option for a three course meal for around 38 euros.
In Beau, the atmosphere is elegant, yet very comfortable. The music playing was a mixture of jazz and blues. Outside, the rain had started as the sun began to set.
For the appetizer we had a seafood soup and pastrami/asparagus dish. Kevin ordered the chicken and I had the steak. We ordered the creme brulee and the white chocolate/fruit for dessert.
With the main course, they also served a salad and frijtes w/mayo. It was very Dutch to have the frijtes.
It was a nice and relaxing anniversary dinner.
My last day of work was on Friday. I brought in the nice pie and even made Kevin join me. Everyone was really nice and I shared my reflections of my time in the Netherlands with my labmates. I will miss the work/life balance of my lab. People are efficient at their job and head home around 5 or 6. They work hard but know that having a personal life is critical. I also enjoyed the open conversations that I shared in the Netherlands and countries. Although, we may not agree upon the topic, whether it was politics, religions, etc, the conversations were always cordial.
My lab also purchased me a few gifts. I have to say, by far the flag with sayings and drawings was my favorite present. So many amazing memories. I will miss my dutch lab and friends.
One thing that I love about the Nijmegen train station is the lovely piano they put there. What a nice way to spend a few minutes while waiting for your train hearing some skilled pianist. Of course, I do not play, so I wait, hoping for something wonderful. On the way home a few days ago, a very skilled man was playing Claire de Lune by Debussy. It was beautiful.
The park behind my apartment is lovely. The nice thing about visitors is that they show you a new part of the park you had not seen before.
My friend Becky came to visit me and we went to see Amsterdam again. We went on the Heineken Tour, Cheese Tasting, Bols Distillery and lots of random wandering. Some of the highlights include this man on a boat. He had an organ playing, with a trumpet and then would also whistle. It was amazing. He also told people to, “Be happy, enjoy Amsterdam. The day is sunny and beautiful! Ahoy! Ahoy!”
I love Amsterdam and europe in general. The coffee and the food is always amazing.
A very dutch meal is bitterballen. Extremely delicious and reminds of US bar food. The one bar actually had a cute little cat curled up on the couch.